Life Light Lens by Damon Fraietta
Its 1041 on a Thursday night, and im laying on my couch relaxing and watching “A Most Violent Year”. My phone dings with a notification, and i read the message, it says “Aurora”. I am tired and thinking about just watching the hour left in the film and going to bed. I have my sisters dog with me, i have to drive out to Spruce, and im really comfortable right now. I banish these thoughts immediately. There are so many excuses we can make to be lazy, take the easy way out, and stay within in our comfort zone. That is when you miss out on opportunities like this. I wont be missing them, if you wanna be great you have to just go shoot.
Imagine for a second that you could leave the world of monotony, and emerge in a place of fantasy and adventure. Where your life is lived to the soundtrack of your idols. Where you can surf on a wave of people, and your feet dont need to be on the ground. Where you are always surrounded by light and beauty, and the energy of positive human interactions. This is the world of Pemberton 🙂
What a night it was, the temperature was well above zero into the night, the air was fresh and clear, and i was given the oppurtunity to observe two of the most beautiful astronomical phenomena in one frame. Well almost… this is a series of photographs stiched together to provide the full scope of what was going on. The Aurora were just starting to put on a show, which would go on to be very impressive in the next couple hours. Meanwhile the Milky Way galaxy was descending on the horizon from the top left corner of the frame. Its looks almost as if oil is being poured on a fire in the heavens.
Im driving back from Grand Cache on highway 16 in Alberta. “Howling at the Moon” by Phantagram begins to play in the backround, and as i will learn this is no coincedence, but i have no clue at the time. The sunset is letting out its last couple rays turning the sky lilac and magenta. I look to the Southeast, and see a large bright moon peaking out above the trees, and a movie scene unfolding underneath. frantically i exit the highway. I am desperatley looking for any openings where the moon and fog can be seen together. There isnt much time before the wonderful colour disappears from the sky. I find an opening to a clearing, and race through tall grass soaked with mist, which i can feel, the cool, damp moisture on my skin. This is what i behold when i come to a stop! Thanks you God for the tipoff, and having my random adventures turn out to have meaning, i appreciate it.
This is innocent. This is pure. This is the truest example of lightning in a bottle love, he has ever witnissed. Uncolored by lust, insecurity, dependency, or jealousy. Their eyes met in this alley of emotional relic, and remained focused intently on each other for as long as he remained. He’d like to think that they have not parted, or if they have, that they will find that gaze again on paths of destiny that converged, and conspired. Would it not be the most amazing thing if he were to somehow find them arranged to be married, or joined in union already. Would it not be fateful if the star crossed lovers, were given the frozen moment when their hearts were locked together as one. He waits, and he hopes. Serendipity
Saturn. The most unique, stylish, and artistic planet by far….The Romans named it after their god of agriculture and time. They held a festival for him called the Saturnalia to celebrate the golden age, thier time of plenty. There are many parallels between the Saturnalia and Nuit Blanche, and particularily the first held in YEG. Saturn was the god of sowing, and it seems that the all night celebration of art and culture, has sown a seed in this city. This is the dance of the cranes, that has unwittingly payed tribute to the celestial body. When it comes to the expression of creativity and positive energy in the community, we may just have our own golden age to celebrate
I was lucky enough to walk into this perfectly lit scene, Cathedral Grove. The light is actually perfect and it shows in the photo. The setting almost looks like a movie scene, because the details and colours are so vivid and crisp. This is in effect a giant soft box with the way the canopy is diffusing the sunlight, letting the details and colors be seen without anything being faded or blown out.
As the sun goes down on the grounds, and the crowd eagerly awaits the next song from the Black Keys, a person raises their hands to the sky. It is as if they are taking in the energy around them, knowing that this moment will only happen once, and then be a memory. Its fleeting, but that makes it all the more beautiful, this exact instance of bliss will never happen again. That is something to think about next time you smile…The festival is drawing to a close, but im so happy i was there even for a moment… or two! Take it in people 🙂
This is my favorite place in Canada, and one of the best in the world. You can surf without leaving the country, which many people look at me funny when i tell them. Not only does it have great views, but it has amazing people, genuine and friendly humans. Sam Roberts Band, a Canadian group who i actually had the pleasure of seeing in Tofino, asks “Montreal to Hong Kong, where have all, the good people gone?”, well they have gone to Tofino, silly!
My name is Damon Fraietta. It is not about what you do, it is about what you love to do, this is what I love, and I do it for you.
This is how I approach my career as a photographer, I love exploring the world around me, and the many different experiences I have had. I am working with the light and life around me, and the lens that lets me bring it back to viewers like yourself.
It is the core belief for my company lifelightlens, and the reason I don’t believe in specialization. If you have the life, the light, and the lens, you have what you need.
You can find me on lifelightlens.com after the New Year, on Instagram as @lifelightlens, or on Facebook as Damon Fraietta.